Stena hit with $230,000 fine over Australian rig deaths

Stena hit with $230,000 fine over Australian rig deaths

Stena has been fined A$330,000 ($230,000) by an Australian court over the deaths of two rig workers three years ago.

Stena Drilling Australia had entered a guilty plea last week to a charge of breaching its duty to take reasonably practicable steps to implement and maintain systems of work that were safe and without risk to health.

In August 2012 part of a drill on the Stena Clyde semi-submersible rig, which had been drilling in the Bass Strait for Origin Energy, dislodged and killed two workers, Peter Meddens and Barry Denholm.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.

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